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Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt Stop #15

Welcome to the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt!

If you’ve just discovered the hunt, be sure to start at Stop #1, and collect the clues through all the stops, in order, so you can enter to win one of our top 5 grand prizes!
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There is NO RUSH to complete the hunt—you have all weekend (until Sunday, 10/18 at midnight MST)! So take your time, reading the unique posts along the way; our hope is that you discover new authors/new books and learn new things about them.
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I’m Pepper Basham and I LOVE romance! I write historical and contemporary romance with humor, faith, and, usually, my native Blue Ridge Mountains. So, yep, I’m an Appalachian girl at heart and storytelling is a big part of my culture. You can learn more about me on this site at www.pepperdbasham.com OR connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and/or Pinterest.

If you happen to like a good story – and one set in the Blue Ridge Mountains- my newest just came out this month. The Red Ribbon is a true crime historical romantic suspense novel that brings in some moonshinin’, gun slingin’, and a kiss that led to the Hillsville Courthouse Massacre of 1912.

AND…the hero in this story is likely one of your romantic betas, which is why I’m going to chat about beta heroes today!

In Defense of the Modern Romantic Beta Hero…

If you’ve read at least 10 romance stories, then there’s a good chance you’ve met an Alpha Romantic hero 8 out of 10 times, at LEAST. Alpha heroes are the popular types in most romance stories, regardless of genre. Sometimes, you can even tell from the cover of the book! If the novel involves werewolves, vampires, or high-class businessmen, there’s a 99.9% chance, that hero is an alpha. I’ll have a post coming up on modern romantic alpha heroes, but today, it’s all about those romantic betas.

What is a modern romantic beta hero then? I often think of the alpha as the hunky daydream and the beta as the guy you’d actually want your daughter to marry. That’s not to say beta heroes can’t be hunky or alphas are not marriageable.

Unfortunately, betas get a bad rap because—compared to the alpha—they can be misconstrued as weak. It’s just that their gentler approach to women, relationships, and life don’t stand out, initially, as much as the alpha’s personality does.

Here are a few romantic beta characteristics:

  • His superpower is his relational awareness and abilities, usually.
  • He may have a tough backstory, but he’s either learned to work through it or cope with it through humor or deference.
  • Quieter strength
  • Can be just as interesting as an alpha when he enters a room, but he’ll likely cover the attention with humor, a story, conversation, or attention shifting.
  • Competent in his world
  • He is more likely to attempt to persuade or convince than demand.
  • His actions are usually less forceful and more communicative, unless provoked.
  • He can be as protective as the best alpha, when feels like the people he loves are being threatened.
  • Instead of being physically aggressive or confrontational, he is more likely to work behind the scenes to get what he wants.
  • And though a beta may not have as pronounced a character arc as an alpha, because he’s human and flawed he still has great potential for growth.
  • He is more likely to use his brain/emotions to solve problems rather than brawn/power.
  • He usually has more emotional intelligence about himself and others, even though he can be a numbskull with the best of them when it comes to relationships too (again…human).
  • A beta has long term potential that involves more than just fights and heated nights of passion (though he is just as capable of having both of those as an alpha.)

The best betas have a little bit of alpha in them.

Of course, the very best heroes are likely a blend of alpha and beta. Not sure what to call them? Alta? Belpha? Or…just perfect? 🙂

Ultimately, when we write romantic heroes, the hero needs to fit his heroine AND the story. An alpha romantic hero will fit certain stories/heroines better than a beta and visa versa. It’s as important as the right girl for the glass slipper 🙂

Do you have any favorite romantic beta heroes you’ve read?

***ALSO, if you want to try out one of my books (with one of my FAVORITE beta heroes in it), my contemporary novella, Jane By the Book is FREE today on kindle!!!!***

Leave a comment below to be placed into a drawing to win a copy of The Red Ribbon (or winner’s choice of one of my other books. U.S. entries only).

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255 thoughts on “Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt Stop #15”

  1. Is your Titus from Jane by the Book a beta? I loved that story! Thank you for this interesting post, I never thought of heroes quite this way!

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    1. HAHA!! Amy!!! You know, there are a LOT of people who share that sentiment. And the BEST Alpha heroes must have a little beta in them for us to love them, you know?

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    2. Amy, I also love Alpha heroes. I was going to post a comment to this thread, but I realized it would end up being a book of its own; so I decided to just reply to your comment instead. I think in real life Alpha heroes are dying out so it’s always nice to find them in fiction at least.

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    1. AHHH!! Kim!!! I’m so glad!! I loved writing that friends-to-more story! Isn’t Jon and Emma’s banter so much FUN!!???

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      1. The most recent beta hero I read was Ren Ichinose from the Strobe Edge series by Io Sakisaka. It was so refreshing to see because shojo manga has a rep for having alpha heroes but Ren was very conscientious and a guy with restraint can be really *attractive* … 😉

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    1. Well, it’s just a nice little category to compare. In the past, betas were not see as heroic at all. I’m glad the newer definition gives them a bit more shine 🙂

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  2. I loved this discussion. I am not familiar with the terminology and appreciated looking at heros from another perspective. I really enjoyed your latest book, the Red Ribbon.

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  3. Wow this was enlightening! I had never thought about it before but my husband is probably more of a beta. He had a gentle spirit but loves me fiercely. This was neat to read about.

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    1. Right? But both hero types have their perfect place in the right story with the right heroine 🙂 I was going through my books and MOST of my heroes seem to be beta, so I might need to bring in some variety and write an alpha 🙂

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    1. Carolyn!!! Thank you so much!! I just loved writing Jeremiah and Ava!! (and the other things too, but they were just the cutest!)

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    1. I thought your portrayal of Jonathan Taylor made an excellent beta hero. Thank you for the chance to win your book. I enjoyed seeing you at the game night on Facebook this week. Wasn’t that fun?

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    1. Way to go, Mark!!! I love it when guys read romance books. You guys are either a silent minority or more of a minority than I think! Thank you for commenting!!! (Ronie’s books are fantastic)

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  4. The explanation of the difference between an alpha and beta is very interesting. I have never really thought about the difference between the two. I just knew that some guys were alphas and the rest were not!

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  5. The Red Ribbon is a fabulous book and I thoroughly enjoyed it!!! Love Finds you in the Blue Ridge is a particular favorite of mine and I am hoping both for a sequel and that someone will make a movie based on it!! Just love your writing…it strikes a chord with me!!!

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    1. Margie!! Thank you so much!! I loved writing the Blue Ridge story, especially since it’s from some of my family history. And YES, I hope to have time to work on a sequel to that book. I love the characters and setting there.

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  6. I never thought about different hero characters as alphas or betas, but it makes sense. I can’t think of an example from a novel offhand, but my husband definitely falls into the beta category!

    So, what about heroines? Are they alphas or betas, too, or are there different terms for them?

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    1. Totally!! Heroines can be alphas and betas too! Sandra Bullock’s character on the Proposal would definitely be more alpha heroine.

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  7. I’m excited to read your books. You are a new author for me. This is the first time I’ve heard of beta and alpha heros, but I think I’d prefer the beta.

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  8. Love this blog post! The Beta hero that comes to mind is Brandon Spark from A Sudden Spark by Liwen Ho. I really loved his quiet and emotional strength.

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  9. Ok….trying to absorb all that you said about alphas and betas…seems that the alpha can be kind of over the top? While the beta is more your normal, best friend that will stay with you forever guy? So is Sam from The Thorn Bearer a beta then?

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    1. I definitely think, he’s more Beta, Phyllis. Titus too. and Jonathan from Laurel’s Dream. And Henry from When You Look at Me

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  10. I also love the Blue Ridge Mountains, I grew up near them in Virginia and we take a camping trip every year with our extended families along the Park Way. I’m excited to read your books. 🙂

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  11. Becky Wade’s Sweet on You features Zander, who is absolutely a beta, and I just adore him! Your description was spot on!
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  12. I don’t think I have ever thought of Alpha vs Beta characters in books before. I can’t think of any characters off the top of my head, but I feel like when it comes to real life I enjoy hanging out with Beta types more than Alpha. I think mainly because I don’t want to be the center of attention, and where the Alpha types are, I feel like the attention tends to follow.

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  13. I honestly don’t know if I have a favorite beta hero, or if I’ve ever actually read a book with one it it, but they sound so interesting. A lot of the heroes, if you can call them that, in the books I read are outdone by the heroines.

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    1. Dakota, are you saying that the heroines are better-written/well developed or that they’re “stronger” than the heroes?

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    1. Thanks, Brittany! I like reading both too – whichever fits the story the best, right? My current favorite alpha hero is Phillip Camden from Roseanna White’s book, On Wings of Devotion.

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  14. I’ve never thought of alpha vs beta before in this way. I would love to check out the Red Ribbon! I love historical fiction, romance is the icing on top. 🙂

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  15. THat’s a really good question. I read hundreds of books each year, and this is the first I’ve actually heard of Alpha/Beta spelled out for me to think on. So, I’m sure I”ve read dozens or more betas, but I’ve never thought of my heros and thought on whether they are alpha or beta, I just take them as they come!
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    1. And if they’re well written, that’s exactly the way we should take them – because they fit into their story well 🙂

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  16. Beta heroes have been favorites. The alpha’s are most appropriate in many cases, but I wouldn’t want to have to put up with one as a life partner. One Beta hero I liked recently was Mason Fanning in HER COWBOY TILL CHRISTMAS by Jill Kemerer. A bit of vulnerability makes them all the more appealing.

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  17. I have heard much about you and your work in Avid Readers of Christian Fiction group I am a member of on Facebook. What I hadn’t heard is that you are an Appalachian girl. So am I, though work took us to coastal Georgia nearly 13 years ago…so far away from our roots, our children, our grandchildren and now a great-grand child. But my heart soars knowing they are in the heart of Appalachia! Best wishes to you!

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    1. Woohooo! Paula!!! Another Appalachian girl!! It’s a great place to grow up! If you’re interested in reading my favorite of my Appalachian historicals, may I recommend My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge? 🙂

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  18. Thank you so much for the chance to win! I never really thought about whether the heroes in the books I read are alpha or beta types, but that’s interesting. I just call them all dreamy 🙂 .

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  19. the book has some moonshinin’, gun slingin’, and a kiss that led to the Hillsville Courthouse Massacre, that all sounds good!

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  20. I love a great hero…either beta or alpha. If I HAD to choose, I’d say beta. Makes sense though because my husband is definitely a beta…way more a thinker, gentle by nature, calm and steady. My best friend. However, that man loves deeply. I am blessed to be the one he chose to spend his life with. As far as you hero go…Titus; who doesn’t love that guy? I’d even argue that Alex Murdock is a beta at heart trying to be an alpha which is what gets him into trouble.

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    1. Kim!!! You are brilliant!!!! I love that description of Alex more than I can say!!!
      And Titus? So true. He’s like an adorable puppy. YOu just have to love him.

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  21. Thanks for the chance to win. Will be sure to read The Red Ribbon. It will be the first time reading one of your books and I am looking forward to it.

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      1. Not too long ago a friend recommended your books, which I had already read but then she mentioned she knew you when you lived in Johnson City. How did I miss out on this opportunity to meet you? 🙂

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    1. I have a free one coming out tomorrow that I’ll share here! It’s not historical, but it will let you meet a really FUN beta hero 🙂

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  22. Thank you for the opportunity. I am not sure that I have a favorite beta or alpha hero. I fall in love with all heroes as I read the books. Thank you for sharing your talent.

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    1. I LOVE Betas, but the most important thing for me, in fiction, is to make sure the hero matches the story and the heroine – regardless of his ‘type’. But I tend to write more betas. LOL

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  23. Very interesting. I’ve recognized these Alpha heroes in books and other media, and it can be very misleading, especially for young, impressionable girls who picture their hero buff and charming. For guys, too, who feel the pressure to live up to that standard. I love beta heroes, because they can be so much more realistic and good role models.

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    1. Korin, I can see how that could be misleading, just like seeing “perfect” women can undermine young girls’ perspectives too. I’m glad God gives a wonderful variety of “heroes” in His Word, aren’t you? That way we can have a “standard” but also see how He has the ability to make heroes out of all sorts of people!

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  24. I love finding new authors! I can’t wait to read one of your books, I’ve had my eye on the True Colors Series for a while, and I just might have to start with yours! 😁

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    1. It’s a good series, Sabrina, and can be read out of order since the books are ONLY connected by the fact that they all are based on true American crimes

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  25. Hi Pepper, I’m new to your books. They all sound great. Definitely putting them on my list of books to read. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  26. Ah, the age-old argument of alpha males vs betas! You did a terrific job of defending the betas, Pepper! I love my own even more now!

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  27. I like a perfectly balanced hero 🙂 But I know that’s not always realistic, lol!

    Thank you for the extra giveaway chance, Pepper.

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  28. BRONZE MEDAL—CHRISTIAN FICTION—READERS FAVORITE BOOK AWARDS FINALIST—2015 GRACE AWARDS SHORT-LISTED—2015 INSPY AWARDS From the decks of the ill-fated Lusitania to the smoke-filled trenches of France, Ashleigh must choose between the forgiveness of her past, life in the present, and a Savior who can rescue her from them all. When her fiance leaves her eight months before their wedding, the unexpected blow ignites a battalion of insecurities stemming from her father’s intimate betrayal. Her worst fears are confirmed – who could ever love a soiled woman? In an attempt to escape the shame and disappointment of her past, Ashleigh boards the ill-fated Lusitania to cross the war-torn waters of Europe. Much to her dismay, she isn’t traveling alone. Sam Miller is always making up for his best friend’s mistakes. Determined to help Ashleigh, he offers his compassion and protection as she ventures across a perilous sea. With the faint hope of renewing his lost love for Ashleigh’s sister, Sam never expects to find the woman of his dreams in his best friend’s former fiance and his own childhood companion. As they travel across the Atlantic, neither is prepared for the life-altering and heart-breaking journey of their friendship. When the truth of Ashleigh’s past explodes in the middle of war and Sam rejects her, Ashleigh must decide if God is enough – or if the double weight of her betrayal and past will crush her life forever.

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  29. I am not familiar with your books but like what I see here. I will have to try one of your books. Thank you for this opportunity. I think I would like beta heroes best.

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  30. I know I can tell the difference between the heroes when I read books but I’ve never thought to verbalize what the difference was. Interesting to think about now that you’ve brought it up. Thanks for participating in the Hunt.

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  31. I love heroes who don’t walk in a hero status…more beta, almost considered the underdog or black sheep. More heard & not always seen. Thanks so much for sharing!! Very intriguing
    ! 🥰📚

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  32. Thank you for being part of this scavenger hunt and for making sure we knew you had a free book on amazon (it’s waiting for me to start reading right now).

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  33. Thanks for giving us all a chance to read Jane By the Book on our Kindles! And for participating in this fun scavenger hunt! 😊

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  34. I like alpha and betas depending on the story they are put in. Sometimes a beta is perfect for the plot, so I don’t think I prefer one over the other, if that makes sense. Especially since betas can have some alpha in them!

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  35. I’d love to read your book, as I don’t think I’ve read anything by you yet. Is Red Ribbon one of the True Colors series? I’ve read a couple of those! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  36. I love your definition of a Beta Hero! I tend to like heroes who are more relationally aware, but hadn’t considered the difference between alphas and betas. Now I’m seeing them in a new light and I love it!

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  37. I love your definition of a Beta Hero! I tend to like heroes who are more relationally aware, but hadn’t considered the difference between alphas and betas. Now I’m seeing them in a new light and I love it!

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  38. I am so glad to get to know you on this hunt and i am battling a disease rsd and love to read and review on a few sites.

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  39. I loved your explanation of Alpha and Beta heroes and I was reminded of a discussion that my niece and I had years ago. She told me that there was just something about “bad boys”, which at that time included those that wore their hair very long. As I read this post, I just realized that I chose a Beta hero to be my husband. Thanks for the fun post and scavenger hunt!

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  40. I think Walt from my all-time favorite book A Distant Melody (by Sarah Sundin) is a beta. I’ve never thought about alphas and betas, but I think I like betas better.

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  41. I’ve read a ton of romance novels and I’m ashamed to say I didn’t know there was a difference in the types of heroes! Thank you for sharing this!

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  42. This is a new concept for me, but I will be interested to check it out through this new lens, particularly when I read the free book you just offered! Thank you!

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  43. I think that I prefer beta heroes (most of the time). I really enjoy your books, and the series that The Red Ribbon is part of sounds so interesting!

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  44. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of alpha or beta heroes. However, I KNOW I’ve been married to my own alpha hero for 33 years on 11-21-2020 so I’m obviously drawn to that type!

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